I almost spit my coffee reading this in today’s LA Times

obama_chance_the_gardner.jpgObama warns Europe of the dangers of withdrawing from the world in a challenging age

…challenged European nations on Monday to resist the forces that would divide their increasingly fragile union, calling their cooperation with one another and the U.S. essential to combating a new wave of economic and security trials.

Speaking in Germany on the final day of a three-nation international trip, Obama revived a theme he first expounded on when he visited  this country as a candidate eight years ago and  spoke of a more collaborative approach to the world’s challenges that would rely on strong European partners. His vision has helped navigate the global economic collapse, forge an international climate agreement and launch a diplomatic approach toward curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Obama said.

Real world: Obama looked the other way– he withdrew!–from Syria because he wanted a piece of paper from Iran in which they promised to be nice.

“None of those things could have happened if I, if the United States, did not have a partnership with a strong and united Europe,” he argued.

What about other things such as 500,000 dead in Syria, many murdered by the regime?

The growth of ISIS in the vacuum Obama left in Syria?

The millions of Syrians who have flooded Europe and will leave a permanent mark on the continent?

But in the wake of the recent attacks on European capitals by Islamic State, the continued instability of the Middle East that resulted in a refugee crisis that has hit Europe hardest and continued economic insecurity for many, Obama acknowledged a tendency “to withdraw” that was increasingly common on both sides of the Atlantic. Such detachment could only offer “false comfort,” Obama warned.

President Obama’s ego blinds him to his own fecklessness. Nothing bad is attributable to him, everything good is.

Later in the article:

Obama’s attempt to buck up his international allies underscores the degree to which his foreign policy orthodoxy has been tested near the end of his presidency.

In his  speech in Berlin eight years ago, he held up the city’s 20th century history as a case study for the virtue of multilateral action that he intended to pursue as president.

“People of the world, look at Berlin,” he said, “where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too  great for a world that stands as one.”

Note the use of passive voice. The wall didn’t come down on its own. Smart, bold and strong moves by President Reagan hastened the demise of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain.

Many so-called smart Democrats opposed Reagan’s approach as reckless and foolish, having convinced themselves the Evil Empire was permanent.